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Indosuchus

Fossil range: Late Cretaceous

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Restoration of Indosuchus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Infraorder: Ceratosauria
Family: Abelisauridae
Genus: Indosuchus

von Huene & Matley, 1933

Species
  • I. raptorius von Huene & Matley, 1933 (type)

Indosuchus raptorius is a genus of abelisaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period (70 to 65 million years ago – the Maastrichtian era), a primitive theropod related to Abelisaurus. Like most theropods, Indosuchus was a bipedal carnivore. It was possibly 6 meters (20 ft) long, and had a crested skull, flattened on the top.

It was described by von Huene and Matley (1933) from remains found in India.

EtymologyEdit

"Indo", is Greek for "Indian", "Suchus" which is Greek for "crocodile" and "raptorius" meaning "raptorial." So, its name translates as "Raptorial Indian Crocodile".

ClassificationEdit

Because only some skull elements have been found, Indosuchus placement has been somewhat erratic. Although it's now somewhat firmly placed within the Abelisauridae, it has been also grouped with allosaurs and tyrannosaurs. The discovery of other abelisaurids like Carnotaurus has helped clarify its position.